‘Amber, Guinevere & Kate Photographed by Craig McDean’

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Guinevere Van Seenus
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Amber Valletta
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Amber Valletta and Shalom Harlow
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Kate Moss
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Kate Moss

Pores. There they were. Paging through the 200-page Rizzoli book Amber, Guinevere & Kate Photographed by Craig McDean, which highlights the British photographer’s 1993-2005 portfolio of his three favorite models (Valletta, Van Seenus, and Moss, respectively), we saw, for the first time in so long, skin. In the place of the idealized, imagined, and hyper-perfected editorials and campaigns we're used to viewing in magazines, here were a trio of un-retouched, three-dimensional women. Van Seenus covered in nothing but clear gloss in ads for Jil Sander; Valletta and Shalom Harlow en plein air for W fashion spreads; and a permed Moss, nude save for darkly drawn brows, in a 1996 Vogue Italia story. Hello, under-eye bags! Texture! Blemishes! Coffee-stained teeth! (....sun damage on Moss' shoulders, Valletta's laugh lines, Van Seenus' subtle 'neck rings'—you know, the stuff we all have...) You would never see any of that in ads or fashion spreads today.

As Valletta explains in the accompanying interview,“Now, there are really no surprises [in photographs], except that maybe they moved your arm to the other side of your body, or they swapped heads.” Not here. Take a look and give us your reactions in the comments below.

Photos by Mathea Millman. 

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  • hhumh

    thanks for posting about this book, it's my definite must-buy. fantastic photos on every page!

  • http://www.downtownhautefashion.blogspot.com/ Leslie

    Great Photos! Would definitely buy this!
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  • Raj

    Can't wait to receive the book. You must get Guinevere Van Seenus for an ITG piece!

  • Alexandra

    The photos feel so much more real and evoke real feeling rather than being one dimensional as so many ads and spreads these days are. It's so much more…appealing.

  • Named

    So if I order this online, I'll be sent randomly one of the three slip-cases? If you get it in-store can you which one you get? I really want the Amber slip-case!

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